Ensuring Fan Safety and Compliance is at the forefront of all planning practises

Operations Manual

Contingency Planning

Capacity Calculations

Ascot Racecourse background

  • Ascot Racecourse has been in operation since 1711
  • Ascot Racecourse is visited by 600,000 people a year
  • The Racecourse covers 179 acres which is 724,387sqm
  • Ascot Racecourse is owned by the Royal Family
  • The new Ascot Grandstand was opened in June 2006 by Her Majesty The Queen

Key achievements

  • Seamless integration with existing Operational in-house team
  • Delivered Operations Manual, compliant with Safety at Sports Grounds 6th Edition, including:
    • Capacity Calculations for Royal Ascot (5 Enclosures, 80,000 spectators per day, largest event overlay in the UK)
    • Spectator Safety Policy including Statement of Intent, Approved at Board Level
    • Development of a full Risk Assessment covering all stakeholders for all events
    • Event Management Plan
  • Working with the client to develop the Racecourse into a multi-use venue outside of Horse Racing
  • Implementation of an enhanced Training and Readiness Programme
  • Awarded a 3-year contract on the back of initial engagement

We engaged with Laudation in 2019 to work with us at Ascot to develop our Site Operations Manual to ensure we were still meeting the objectives of our Safety Certificate and Premises License. What we liked about them is that they had been in our shoes on the venue side and therefore understood what we needed to achieve in a pragmatic way. We now work with Laudation on a number of other areas, including looking into developing other uses for the Racecourse. "

Joanna Wales – Head of Operations & EventsAscot Racecourse